Don Scott, Curtis Blake bring sizzling blues to McCaffrey’s Dolce Vita Saturday, June 21
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:09 AM
McCaffrey’s Dolce Vita in Decorah presents blues artists Don Scott, founding member of the Dust Bowl Blues Band and Curtis Blake, renowned harmonica player and vocalist, in concert Saturday, June 21.
Curtis Blake and Don Scott. (Submitted photo)
The performance is part of “Dolce Vita Nights,” McCaffrey’s outdoor summer concert series, a D.A.S.Y. (Dance & Stay Young) Production.
Music is 7-10 p.m., rain or shine. There is no charge for admission.
Don Scott is an acoustic blues and slide guitarist, singer and songwriter par excellence.
He raises the bar with his foot-stomping rhythms and finger-picking style in the tradition of the Mississippi Delta icons Piedmont Masters, Old School Jimmy Reed and Big Bill Broonzy.
A Minnesota native and Viet Nam veteran, Scott has been performing for over 44 years at festivals and clubs with his band, the legendary Dust Bowl Blues Band. He also has had much success as a solo artist over the past 15 years performing throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe, sharing the stage with many blues greats.
In 2012 Scott hooked up with Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame member “Harmonica” Curtis Blake, forming a duo reminiscent of the great Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. A stellar performance at the 2012 Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth earned them a standing ovation. Later that year, “Sure Thing,” also released in 2012, was named “Best Self-Produced CD” by the Minnesota Blues Society and nominated for a BMA award in Memphis. His song, “JP Morgan, Citbank Wells Fargo,” has been nominated for Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame award for best original song 2014.
Curtis Blake is most noted for his melodic mastery of the diatonic and chromatic harmonica instruments. He also plays melodica and bass kalimba and plays regularly with Greazy Gravy, The Brothers Curtis Blues Band and Brothers Curtis Delta Duet, and most recently, with Bluo, a Blues duet consisting of himself and guitar player, Don Scott.
As well as being a highly sought-out sideman, Curtis is also an excellent lead performer.He has performed and recorded with Sonny Rodgers, Percy Strothers, Lady Blue, Milwaukee Slim, Bobby Johnson, Mojo Buford, Texas Red, Rich Lewis, Curtis Marlatt and the “Time” and has performed with greats Jimmy Johnson, Charlie Love, Barbara LeShoure, Lurrie Bell, Corey Harris and Sugar Blue among others.